Mountain Bike! Southern California Guide Book

by David Story, Laurie & Chris Leman (Menasha Ridge Press)
Mountain Bike Southern California  by David Story, Laurie & Chris Leman

400pp/photos/maps
ISBN: 0897323939

From its beloved beaches to its ancient sequoia groves, this region is an off-road biker's dream come true. Southern California offers a myriad of fat-tire adventures; take in a vista of mountain peaks one day and marvel at a painted desert the next. With 100 of the best rides found throughout this natural fantasyland, this guide offers aficionados a wealth of exploration. From paved suburban trails to the toughest single-track, if it's good riding, it's profiled here. Each route profile features: at-a-glance key information; a thorough ride description; a detailed trail map; helpful sources of information; proximity of important services; valuable commentary on elevation changes and possible hazards; a rescue index.

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Trails from the "Mountain Bike! Southern California" Guide Book
Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 101.
... Preview: This out-and-back, 13-mile round-trip ride takes you into the high desert of Death Valley. The first mile is level, and then you'll begin climbing -- gradually for two miles and then steeply to the t ... From the guidebook "Mountain Bike! Southern California"
Stovepipe Wells, CA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 13
... Preview: This 26-mile out-and-back is long, hard, and technically demanding. Grades that would seem easy at sea level will leave you gasping at 10,000 feet. There are several long, steep grinds in both direc ... From the guidebook "Mountain Bike! Southern California"
Big Pine, CA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 26
... Preview: Here is a challenging ride for experienced cyclists. This 19.5-mile loop includes demanding climbs and steep, technical descents. Approximately 15 miles of the trip is on unpaved, two-wheel-drive ro ... From the guidebook "Mountain Bike! Southern California"
Big Bear City, CA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 19.5
... Preview: This ride is located north of Palm Desert in the Santa Rosa Mountains National Scenic Area. From its origin in Dead Indian Canyon, this 16.7-mile out-and-back singletrack route takes you through a di ... From the guidebook "Mountain Bike! Southern California"
Palm Desert, CA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 16.7
... Preview: This is a lollipop-shaped route where the sucker is a lot bigger than the stick, but every part is worth devouring. Much of this ride takes place on the Backbone Trail, a path that snakes across the ... From the guidebook "Mountain Bike! Southern California"
Malibu, CA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 12.6
... Preview: This is an out-and-back, 15-mile round-trip ride. Most of the pedaling is only moderately difficult, but there are several very steep sections. Overall, Bates Canyon Road is a long, difficult climb ... From the guidebook "Mountain Bike! Southern California"
New Cuyama, CA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 15
... Preview: This ride begins in Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park, east of San Juan Capistrano and approximately 60 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles. The riding on Bell Canyon Trail is easy, with some sho ... From the guidebook "Mountain Bike! Southern California"
San Juan Capistrano, CA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 5.6
... Preview: This 3.3-mile loop offers vivid proof to Los Angeles' claim that it contains more wilderness area within its city limits tan any other metropolis. Keeping an eye out for hikers and dogs. you'll ride ... From the guidebook "Mountain Bike! Southern California"
Beverly Hills, CA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 3.3
... Preview: One of the most scenic rides in all of San Diego County, this is a fairly short but very worthwhile ride. The trail winds around Laguna Meadow, which explodes in color every spring during wildflower s ... From the guidebook "Mountain Bike! Southern California"
Mount Laguna, CA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 10.4
... Preview: Strength and good bike handling skills are required of cyclists following this 15.5-mile loop. The first 5.6 miles are a gentle ascent on Big sycamore Canyon Trail to Ranch Center Road. The pedaling ... From the guidebook "Mountain Bike! Southern California"
Oxnard, CA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 15.5
... Preview: In this part of the Kiern River Valley, there's no doubt that mountain biking takes a distant backseat to whitewater rafting. Like a second-born child escaping its big sibling's shadow, this 9.7-mile ... From the guidebook "Mountain Bike! Southern California"
Lake Isabella, CA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 9.7
... Preview: This 18.6-mile combination ride is in the shape of a lowercase "d," which can only stand for "delightful." Partly circumnavigating the Mountain High Ski Area near Wrightwood, this exquisitely pine- a ... From the guidebook "Mountain Bike! Southern California"
Wrightwood, CA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 18.6
... Preview: This is an easy 3.3-mile loop. The ride follows a hardpacked dirt trail in good condition and pavement on Pecho Valley Road. Bluff Trail is a fine spot for beginning mountain bikers to give off-road ... From the guidebook "Mountain Bike! Southern California"
Los Osos, CA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 3.3
... Preview: This 15.1-mile loop delivers an unsparing body blow. It leaves you with a sweaty back, waterlogged feet, and an inspired noggin. But you won't mind a bit. Because long after you forget the hot, gru ... From the guidebook "Mountain Bike! Southern California"
Pasadena, CA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 15.1
... Preview: This out-and-back, 14-mile round-trip is recommended for strong cyclists and determined intermediates. The entire circuit is on unpaved four-wheel-drive roads in fair to good condition. The first two ... From the guidebook "Mountain Bike! Southern California"
Lake Hughes, CA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 14
... Preview: This route courses through suburban streets before climbing a ride studded with volcanic outcroppings. The scope of the views is expansive, even if the scenery is limited to houses in some directions. ... From the guidebook "Mountain Bike! Southern California"
Thousand Oaks, CA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 4.5
... Preview: This 17.8-mile loop ride is named for the prized buttermilk make at a dairy that operated here during the late 1800s. Just as buttermilk enhances the taste of whatever ingredients it touches, this lo ... From the guidebook "Mountain Bike! Southern California"
Bishop, CA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 17.8
... Preview: Perhaps the crown jewel of all Sequoia National Forest rides, this route bumps down through all sorts of regional scenery on a trail that is as breathtaking as the view. The Forest Service recommends ... From the guidebook "Mountain Bike! Southern California"
Kernville, CA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 25.5
... Preview: This is an out-and-back, 10.8-mile round-trip ride. It requires little technical skill, the terrain is generally easy to moderate, and there is plenty of shade. The unpaved, two-wheel-drive road is ... From the guidebook "Mountain Bike! Southern California"
Gorda, CA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 10.8
... Preview: This 12.2-mile loop is a prime beginner-intermediate ride. It features lots of level riding at first to build confidence, rewards efforts with abundant wildlife views, and then segues into some tough ... From the guidebook "Mountain Bike! Southern California"
Agoura Hills, CA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 12.2

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